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Muhlenbergia capillaris

Common Name(s):
Gulf muhly, Mule grass, Pink hair grass, Pink muhly grass
Native Plants, Ornamental Grass, Perennials

Pink muhly grass is an absolute showstopper source of late-season color. As an ornamental grass, it is a great compliment to those landscape beds with fading summer annuals. The delicate plumes of flower panicles create a striking pink haze above the dark green, glossy foliage.

This perennial is attractive individually but really makes a big show when used in a mass planting. Pink muhly grass can reach a height of 4 feet and a width of 3 feet. Give it plenty of sunshine and transplant into soil that is well drained.

A North American native, pink muhly grass sounds too good to be true. Long-lived, with little to no insect or disease pests and highly resistant to deer grazing, this ornamental grass is perfect for the low-maintenance garden. Muhly grass tolerates heat, humidity, drought, and poor soil.

Pink Muhly is a perennial that may grow to 4 feet. Delicate pink flowers mature on long, narrow, wiry leaves in the fall. The grass produces tiny, purplish seeds.

Regions: Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Seasons of Interest:

     Bloom: Fall; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Fall/Winter

Wildlife Value: Highly deer resistant. Provides excellent cover year round. Seeds are eaten by songbirds and small mammals.


3-4 feet
Clump; fine textured basal foliage
Well drained soil does well in hot dry sandy sites; very drought tolerant
Airy inflorescence often colored pink, purplish red, purplish gray; drys to a light buff
showstopper, mammals, ornamental grass, low maintenance, fall color, show stopper, birds, resistant, deer, fall interest, mass planting, deer resistant, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 640

Muhlenbergia capillaris Muhlenbergia capillaris in native setting
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Muhlenbergia capillaris Muhlenbergia capillaris plant
John E. Branch, Jr., CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Muhlenbergia capillaris Muhlenbergia capillaris foliage
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